Wednesday, December 17, 2008

oh look, a post

whooo, I fly home to Singapore tonight for the holidays, but first an update!
first, sketchbook stuff:

I love drawing toy breed dogs. they've got 'cute' proportions which I'm more inclined to favour in my character designs, and I think they're a lot of fun to exaggerate and stylise as well since a lot of them look kind of weird. the 'ugly' or 'weird' dogs are the ones I find the most fun to draw. :)

as you can see though, I also like making them badass.

werepomeranian, werechihuahua, werepoodle. I think I need to draw these guys more often.

next, I played another round of what we now affectionately call 'sketchbook hero' with some other animators! the results are thus:

this is pretty self explanatory. I really like my ugly turtle, I might make him a character. or something.

drawing of Ed is pretty blah (I get self conscious drawing my friends, I seriously need to get over that), and I don't particularly want to explain the happy little bunny-sunshine-flowers scene. but apparently considering 'mafia/gangsta clown on crack' came completely out of left field, I did pretty well!

finally a figuredrawingdump since I haven't done one of those in a while:

♥ and ☮ and happy holidays, all!

Friday, December 12, 2008


so I was hanging out with my friends Carly and Mike and we randomly decided to challenge each other to a fast and furious three-way drawing jam battle. "anything you can draw I can draw better" as Carly called it, hahah. it was a whole lot of fun, and I decided that the results, while not the best drawings in the world since we were basically scribbling them up on the spot in maybe two minutes tops, were fun enough to post. :)

Mike's first prompt was to draw a really grumpy lion, so I did. the red col-erase came as an afterthought and from that moment on I could not look at the drawing because I kept bursting out laughing. *dork*

My friend Deanna who happened to be around at the time gave us this prompt. I have no idea where that came from but it was pretty funny.

Carly's prompt: NINJA. I'm so proud of this, I had put down my pencil so I just grabbed the first writing implement that came to hand (my pilot g-2 clicky pen) and went with it.

me: "I see your ninja and raise you a pirate"
the one on the left is my character Lallang (as a human, she's normally a pirate cat, hahah). she's supposed to be Singaporean so her costume reflects it. I tried to make a more 'traditional' lady pirate on the right but that failed and now she just looks like a weird Disney's Esmerelda thing. eh.

Mike: "Draw Mickey Mouse in your style"
at this point I'm actually not really sure what 'my style' is, since I'm in an evolving stage. I just went with drawing Mickey's simple basic design as I understood it (after all, we're not referencing stuff here).

Carly prompted with Tink right after Mickey. I really like how mine came out. :D

one of our friends requested Fievel from An American Tail, which I'd actually watched about maybe two years ago so it was somewhat more fresh in my mind than it would have been otherwise.

my prompt, since I've had brawling on the brain recently. SUPAHSONIC FTW
this is me recreating a battle I had over summer with a couple of kids I didn't know that happened to be at my cousin's house. they were both playing Pit and ganging up on me because I'm a girl, omg. I wasn't doing too well but payoff eventually arrived in the form of a smash ball. revenge was pretty sweet.

this looks nothing like Papa Smurf. hooray.

yaayy Beckermans! :D drawing him from memory was tougher than I thought but I think this is recognisable enough.

this was really fun and I'd love to make it an actual event for us to do every week, the more the merrier too. drawing with other people makes me happyyy~! :D

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


WOW. I've been drawing a lot over break, I have a lot to show. doodles are fun!

first, some thesis stuff:

boa and hornbill studies, from photos mostly (though the two hornbill drawings below are from memory. they're going to be 'extras' since as I explained to Gaffney I want my jungle to look like there are more than four animals in it. MORE WORK FOR ME TO ANIMATE, YAY. I'll be kicking myself in two months, won't I. ah well, picking a pangolin to animate as a main character in the first place was kind of telling. anyhow. I LOVE DRAWING HORNBILLS. and I'm happy I get to animate a snake because I love snakes. :)

this is an oriental whip snake, my favourite species of snake. it's probably not going to be in my film, I just wanted to draw one. ♥ evidently I have a thing for pointy-nosed animals.

trying to work out a pose/expression for Labu in this one scene - obviously the second (bottom) one worked better.

doodles. I like drawing with microns - especially when they get old and crappy to ink with, they make for better sketching. also trying to get over my fear of markers, I think we're getting somewhere.

happiness is also a warm bum. radiators you can sit on are wonderful.
I was not happy that the heat went poof over thanksgiving. :|

doggies! as anyone who's familiar with me or my art at all over the past few years will know, I'm a huge dog nerd (as in NERD, not just omg-i-love-cute-puppiez, I can quote you things about many different breeds and I have several breed encyclopedias and photo books. I have also officially drawn every breed currently registered with the american kennel club, except the danged swedish vallhund which they accepted after I'd finished with the herding group. so yeah don't mess with me xD). so whenever anybody tells me they own or fancy a particular breed or type of dog I tend to connect them in my head with that breed or type pretty much forever - since it's also true that people, I find, tend to be drawn to breeds that are closest to them in whatever way. so while I was alone in the dorms I started doodling certain dogs I connect to my SVA buds. yaaayyy, see I thought of you guys. xD

aikido doodles!! I was just thinking about it, since I do practice aikido and I miss being able to train seriously - school and art in general have been taking top priority lately. I also miss my dojo at home, and I hope I can start that up again when I move back. great workout and good for the mind and body. :) I also find aikido is really inspirational to draw from because the poses/movements are so fluid and powerful and the uniform and general silhouette is very aesthetically beautiful to me as well. aah I love it. ♥

I'm not perfectly content with most of these, but I liked them enough to post so. just means I need to draw more! I really ought to do more martial arts-inspired stuff anyway, because it does inspire me.

and that's all for now, whew. oh gah I missed having fun with drawing so much. :[